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Tamarack Merlot 2014

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Deceptively sweet aromas of strawberries, raspberries and rose petals. The flavors are dark, rich, lusciously mouthwatering, with cherries, boysenberries, tart plum skins, hints of leather, sweet pipe tobacco, and coffee beans. The tannins are firm, but not a bit edgy and the finish lingers with just a touch of anise. A truly lovely vintage.

Abeja Merlot Columbia Valley 2014

This one-hundred-percent Merlot has really nice, bright red fruit, rose petals, and a richness on the nose. Flavors of plum, mountain strawberry and mocha come together with a balanced mouth feel and a long finish. Though it was a cooler vintage, I feel we have still captured the powerfully elegant style for which we are known.

Arietta Hudson Vineyards Merlot 2012

Produced from the oldest planting of grapes on Lee Hudson’s heralded vineyard in the Napa Carneros, this latest offering of Arietta Merlot is one for the ages. Certainly a classic vintage, 2012 delivered fruit with brilliant purity, structure, and a strong sense of place. This unique—one might say historic—block of Merlot shows the best that this variety has to offer in California. Well-proportioned, fresh, flavorful, dark and complex, this wine is sure to impress lovers of Pomerol, and show that California is capable of producing Merlot wines with strength, yes, but also nuance, delicacy, and multiple layers of interest. This wine should continue to open and develop over the next decade, and age gracefully for another decade or two.


Review:

Arietta's 2012 Merlot emerges from the oldest vines on Lee Hudson's vineyard in Carneros. A dark, super-expressive wine, the Merlot is endowed with serious depth, power and structure. Brambly red fruit, smoke, tobacco and grilled herbs emerge from a surprisingly big, structured wine that should drink well for many, many years. -Antonio Galloni Vinous 95 points

 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 95
Product Description

Dark aromas of cherry, mocha and blueberry lead to ripe plum, blackberry pie and flavors of a savory red wine reduction steak sauce, layered with intense chocolate and rich, velvety tannins.

Crushed gently and dropped by gravity into 1.5 ton bins, cold soaked 48 hours minimum, then inoculated with a variety of yeasts, hand-punched and pressed directly to barrel where the wine finishes both primary and secondary fermentations. The individual lots of wine that comprise the Merlot are kept separate for at least 12 months before they are blended. 50% new oak, the majority being American with some French and Hungarian oak from select coopers & a variety of forests with the wine aging in the oak for 19 months.

Winery: Tamarack Cellars

The Tamarack Cellars Estate
Founded in 1998 by Ron and Jamie Coleman, Tamarack Cellars is dedicated to the production of small lot, hand-crafted wines from select vineyards in the Walla Walla Valley, Yakima Valley, Red Mountain and Columbia Valley appellations. 

“Boutique winery from Waterbrook and Canoe Ridge alumnus Ron Coleman delivers ripe varietals and blends; Syrah-Bordeaux blend Firehouse Red is outstanding value.”
- Anthony Dias' blue pocket guide to wine 2006

The Tamarack Cellars Vineyard
Grapes are purchased throughout the Columbia Valley and are crushed, fermented and blended in a small winery located in a World War II firehouse complex at the Walla Walla airport.

 

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Town of production: Neive
Subzone: Balluri, Marcorino, Gallina, Serragrilli
Altitude: 250 - 300 meters.
Sun exposure: Southwest, Southeast, South
Surface area: 3 hectares (7.44 acres)
Soil type: Clay and limestone
Age of the vines: 15 years
Harvest: by hand in small crate (20 kilos) in the second half of October
Vinification: in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks at maximum 30° Celcius (86° Fahrenheit).
Fermentation and skin-contact maceration for 15 to 20 days with daily pump-overs and frequent delestages. (Delestage is a fermentation and maceration technique used in red winemaking from grapes that gently extracts phenolic compounds by oxygenating the juice to produce a softer, less astringent wine exhibiting more fruit character.)
Ageing: 18 months in 225-Liter French oak barrels (20% new and 80% used) followed by 6 months of bottle ageing.

Tasting notes: This wine shows nice aromas of roses or violets with flavor notes of cherry, truffles, fennel and licorice. As the wine ages, it can develop smoky notes and more earthy and gamy flavors such as leather and clove. This wine can be aged for a few years, but the tannins are already quite well integrated. Enjoy with grilled red meat dishes and cheeses.

Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia Rioja 2010

Luis Canas Reserva Seleccion de la Familia Rioja is made from 85% Tempranillo and 15% Graciano

45 years old vines
Alcohol: 14,5º
Total acidity: 5,73 g./l.
Volatile acidity: 0,73 g./l.
PH: 3,53
Free SO2: 28 mg./l.
Reducing sugars: 1,3 g./l.

The wines intended for the Reserva de la Familia come from a selection of old vines which meet a number of features such as a good location, good sun exposure and barely fertile soil which ensures a low yield.

Red cherry high notes. Clean nose, with good intensity. Memories of ripe fruit, preserve (jam) on a background of fine wood, with a marked balsamic (eucalyptus, pine) character. Powerful on the palate, dense, structured, with good tannins. The finish is broad, complex, long and persistent. 

This wine's versatility allows us to savour its personality and character with classics such as roast lamb or pork and gamey stews. But it also blends masterfully with mushrooms, truffles, black chocolate, nuts, cream-based or spicy dishes etc.

This particular wine and vintage (2008) was elected "Regional Trophy winner" at the World Wine Award 2014 by the Decanter Magazine. Here are the tasting notes from this review: "A bright, modern nose of blackcurrant and morello cherry, elegant new oak, mineral notes and lovely floral purity. Ripe and fresh palate with firm but suave tannins and a savory character overlaid with powerful smoky aromatics of roasted oak and licorice. Impressive and resounding on the finish."

 


Review:

"Fresh and sweet with ripe aromas of dark violets, citrus leaf and sweet spice with a touch of beeswax. Summer pudding and vanilla cream dominate the palate with juicy and concentrated plum and cherry flavours."
- Decanter, 92 pts

 92 Points
Tamarack Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Tamarack Cabernet Sauvignon is made from 86% Cabernet Sauvignon • 6% Merlot • 8% Cabernet Franc

Crushed gently and dropped by gravity into 1.5 ton bins, cold soaked for 24 to 72 hours, then inoculated with a variety of yeasts, hand-punched and pressed directly to barrel where the wine finishes both primary and secondary fermentations. The individual lots of wine that compose the Cabernet Sauvignon are kept separate for at least one year before they are blended.

A warm summer led to an early start to harvest, followed by a stretch of lower than average temperatures in late September that slowed ripening so grapes hung longer without sugars skyrocketing, providing balance, more flavor development and concentration. A long but successful harvest!

Full bodied with black currant jam, honey glazed dates and black peppered seasoned T-bone steak aromas intertwined with piercing boysenberry, rosemary rack of lamb, balsamic, blue cheese, bacon wrapped figs and intriguing tannins extended out over an intricate and balanced finish.


Broad and generous, with expressive black cherry, plum, smoke and pepper flavors on a sleek structure, a light veil of tannins wrapping up the long finish. Drink now through 2023. 2,500 cases made. - Wine Spectator 92 Points

Still seeming to need time to open up and stretch its legs, this wine offers high-toned aromas of graphite, caramel, vanilla and plum. It's full and plush in feel with tart fruit flavors and a finish that glides. - Wine Enthusiast 92 Points & Editors' Choice

 Wine Enthusiast: 92 Wine Spectator: 92
Tamarack Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Reserve 2010

Dark and chocolatey, spiced with pretty notes of allspice and clove, this wine is round and rich, bursting with ripe berries, combined with an earthy complexity and a velvety finish.

made from 50% Cabernet Sauvignon, 25% Merlot,  25% Cabernet Franc. 

The wine spent 22 months on 75% new French oak with the remaining 25% second vintage French oak. Select barrels from the best forests of Taransaud, Boutes, Quintessance, and Vicard cooperages.

 


Review:

A ripe, vibrant and refined red, with slightly gritty tannins around a plush, focused core of cherry, raspberry pie, cinnamon and clove flavors, coming together harmoniously as the finish persists. Best from 2016 through 2020. 136 cases made. Wine Spectator 93 Points

 

 Wine Spectator: 93
Tamarack Chardonnay 2014

Rich pear, tropical pineapple and honeysuckle on the nose lead to tart red apple and pear with exceptional acidity and a luscious butterscotch finish.

The best of both worlds, this wine is barrel-fermented and aged in neutral French oak, to highlight the fruit and add complexity.

Alain Jaume Gigondas Terrasses de Montmirail 2013

he wine is made from 90% Grenache, 10% Syrah.
Deep red garnet color. Aromas of ripe and black fruits. On the palate the wine is rich, powerful and harmonious - well balanced with wild berry and pepper dominating.


Reviews:

Bright violet color. Ripe cherry and dark berries on the perfumed nose. Lush and open-knit, showing very good clarity to its black raspberry and cherry flavors. Closes on a smoky note, with very good length and smooth tannins that fade into the wine's plush fruit.
- Vinous 90-92 pts

Very solid, exhibiting dark, mouthfilling flavors of plum sauce, fresh fig and blackberry compote, inlaid with dried anise notes and brambly grip. Lots of black tea and tobacco details fuel the finish. Modest cellaring should let this round into form. Best from 2017 through 2024. 1,200 cases made. Spectator 90 Points

 

 Vinous Antonio Galloni: 92
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Wine Information
Alcohol Content: 12.5%
Residual Sugar: 0%